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Poland’s football league floats new rights tender

Niji Narayan

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Ekstraklasa, the premier football league of Poland, has floated a new tender for audiovisual bookmakers’ rights for the next two seasons.

Since 1995, the rights have been undertaken jointly with the DTH platform nc+, the main TV broadcaster of Ekstraklasa. This is the first time licensed bookmakers operating on the Polish market will be invited to submit bids. Contracts will be finalised by April 30 this year. Commenting on the development, Marcin Animucki, chairman of the board at Ekstraklasa, said: “after the success of contracts for the rights to domestic television broadcasts, we are beginning to sell smaller packages. This is very important for us due to the additional funds that will be provided to clubs and the role of promoting games among fans. This year, for the first time ever, we want to offer rights to bookmakers operating in Poland. We have already had a series of meetings with their representatives and as a result of discussions with nc+ have developed packages to show Ekstraklasa games on bookmaker platforms”.

As part of the tender procedure, bookmakers will be offered two packages. The first will allow the purchase of rights to broadcast 296 Ekstraklasa football matches exclusively and as a result showing Ekstraklasa matches for a limited period on the online bookmaker platform where bets are accepted. The second, alternative package will allow up to four licensed companies accepting bets to purchase such rights without exclusivity.

Niji Narayan has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. He reports gaming industry headlines from all around the globe.

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Czech gambling investment groups KKCG and EMMA Capital decide to split on SAZKA

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Czech gambling investment companies KKCG and EMMA Capital have agreed up on splitting their share holdings of SAZKA Group.

According to the agreement, KKCG, owned by investor Karel Komarek, will get the following: full ownership of SAZKA Group, the biggest shareholder position in Greek betting firm OPAP, and the shares it holds in its Czech lottery unit, as well as OPAP, Italy’s LOTTOITALIA and Casinos Austria.

EMMA Capital, the investment group of investor Jiri Smejc, will now own SAZKA’s shares in Croatian sportsbook company SuperSport and financial compensation of several hundred million euros. SAZKA Group had previously announced that it was looking at an initial public offering in London to help fund growth in Europe and both Karel Komarek and Jiri Smejc have confirmed such a move is still on the table.

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Colossus begins operations in Slovenia with Sportna Loterija

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UK-based Colossus Bets has launched its operations in Slovenia in association with Športna loterija, the national lottery and sports betting provider of the country. Športna loterija will now have access to Colossus’ multimillion-euro prizes to Slovenian players for the first time.

The integration also covers the full Colossus Bets sports portfolio and the product will be available to play both online and in shops. Online players will also be introduced to Colossus’ partial Cash Out functionality.

Športna loterija’s president of the management board, Dr. Edvard Kolar, said, “Our partnership with Colossus reflects our commitment to provide Slovenians with the best and most responsible entertainment in sports betting. It is a natural fit for us as our customers can now shoot for lottery-sized jackpots with small stakes on exciting sports content. And it will also mean increased, de-risked revenue to continue to support the many great causes in our local ecosystem.”

Colossus Bets’ COO, David O’Reilly, commented, “We are excited to welcome Športna loterija as our first lottery operator to the Colossus network. We believe that our pools product can uniquely bridge the gap between lottery and fixed odds sports betting and therefore has the potential to appeal to both audiences and beyond. This partnership marks the beginning of a new era of expansion for Colossus in this space.”

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Kinguin Unveils New Esports Performance Center to Elevate the European Esports Ecosystem To The Next Level

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Kinguin, one of the world’s largest online marketplaces, today unveiled the Esports Performance Center (EPC), a premier esports bootcamp for professional gamers to master their craft. Based in the heart of central Europe, in dynamic Warsaw, this elite training facility will empower esports teams to reach their full potential and bring the best out of teams playing in Europe.

As one of the most advanced esports training centers in Europe, the Kinguin Esports Performance Center spans 21,000 square feet and boasts four training rooms (two with analyst capabilities), a conference room, 21 players’ rooms to house 26 players, two kitchens, a players’ lounge, gym, dining room, and chill-out zone. The Kinguin Esports Performance Center provides comprehensive solutions for teams looking for the ultimate location to hone their abilities.

Viktor Wanli, Founder and CEO of Kinguin commented, “Kinguin’s vision has always been to create an ecosystem built around esports and gaming. Opening the doors of The Esports Performance Center is another value add for the ecosystem as a whole, this time for professional gamers to maximise their potential and elevate the European esports ecosystem to a world-class level. The facility comes right in time to further strengthen the burgeoning Polish esports market which already has an audience of over 2.8 million regular esports spectators.”

The high-end esports training facility is also designed to host industry events while providing simultaneous bootcamps for multiple teams. The center will also provide a professional chef, sports psychologist, trained physiotherapists, and a dedicated concierge service for access to full-time support during bootcamps. At the end of the day, players can take a break from the screen and share a drink at the bar or blow off steam at the gym.

Renegades, a professional Counter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team from Australia, were the first team to benefit from the Esports Performance Center. After holding a bootcamp at the EPC prior to IEM Katowice they went on to reach the quarterfinals finishing 5-8th overall.

“The Esports Performance center sets a precedent for how professional teams operate by replicating a competitive environment where players can focus entirely on their game without any of the distractions a traditional bootcamp would have” said Renegades Manager Chris Orfanellis. “Our time at the training facility paid off immensely  as Renegades went on to make the legends stage for the first time in the organization’s history.”

 

About Kinguin:
Founded in 2013, Kinguin has fast become the largest alternative games marketplace, with more than seven million loyal customers globally. Kinguin’s mission is to create an ecosystem built for the gamer. To achieve this, Kinguin provides easy and secure access to games, innovative ways for gamers to trade and conduct commerce, and new ways for developers to reach customers directly. Kinguin is also involved with esports, esports venues, and esports centers of excellence worldwide. Visit https://www.kinguin.net and https://www.kinguin.io for more information.

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